Kerala is the southern most state of India. The name Keralam is believed to have been origined from the word “kera” and “alam”. Kera means coconut and alam means land or location – Thus it is meant by “The Land Of Coconut Trees”. It was a part of “Thamizhagam” (present Tamil Nadu) which covered the then Chola, Chera and Pandya region. The music, dance and language of Kerala are same to that can be seen in rest of Thamizhagom. The arrival of Vasco da Gama, coming of foreign traders and invation by Portuguese defined a new cultural heritage in its people.
The mother tongue of Kerala is Malayalam and the natives are known as Malayalees. It is believed that Parasurama is the creator of Kerala. He converted a portion of sea into land by throwing his axe.
Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Exquisite sculptures, music and dance forms can be seen in the historic development of Kerala’s cultural traditions. The traditions of Kathakali and Mohiniattam are highly developed art forms that have developed from their folk origins into highly evolved classical dance forms. Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form developed exclusively in Kerala combining the performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. The dance is a beautiful blending of color, dance, music, drama, and expressions. In a sense, a lot of the fame that the state has gained is mainly due to the popularity of this dance form. Other dance forms of Kerala are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Panchavadyam, Nadanpattu, Omanathinkal Kidavo and many more music forms have evolved over the centuries in Kerala.
Arrive at Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station and get transferred to a hotel in the city. After completing check-in formalities, set out for a half-day city tour of Cochin visiting the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Dutch Palace. Watch the gigantic Chinese fishing nets bring up a hefty catch and stroll along the sea coast at Marine Drive. Stay overnight at the hotel, in Cochin.
Proceed to Munnar along scenic routes that take you through vast expanses of tea plantations, colonial bungalows, rivulets and waterfalls. En route, visit spice plantations and Valara/Cheeyappara Falls. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Spend a leisurely day in Munnar and stay overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, go on a full-day sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting Mattupetty Dam/Lake, Echo Point, Nursery Garden, Photo Point, Eravikulam National Park (Rajamalai), Anamudi Peak and Tata Tea Museum. In the evening, enjoy Spice Tea trailing at Munnar. Stay overnight at the hotel, in Munnar.
In the morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Thekkady. Once you reach, check in at the hotel and refresh yourself. Later, go on a half-day sightseeing tour of Thekkady. Enjoy a boat safari on the Periyar Lake through Periyar Tiger Reserve. Later, visit spice plantations and enjoy an evening walk through the bustling Spice Market in Kumili Village. Stay overnight at the hotel, in Thekkady.
In the morning, proceed to Alleppey. On arrival, check in at Kettuvallam, a famous Kerala Houseboat. Have lunch on the houseboat and cruise through the unique web of lakes, lagoons, canals and rivers in Alleppey. Stroll along verdant paddy fields in Kuttanad Region. Stay overnight on houseboat, in Alleppey.
In the morning, disembark from the houseboat at the boat jetty. Proceed to Kovalam. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Spend a leisurely day and stay overnight at the hotel, in Kovalam.
In the morning, drive to Kanyakumari. On the way, visit Padmanabhapuram Palace and Suseendram Temple. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Later, enjoy a short sightseeing tour of Kanyakumari visiting Swami Vivekananda Memorial, Triveni Sangamam and Thiruvalluvar Statue. In the evening, witness a spectacular sunset. Stay overnight in Kovalam.
You will be transferred to the airport/railway station I Trivandrum for your onward journey.
DAY 1 Arrival in Cochin and Cochin Sightseeing
DAY 2 Cochin- Munnar (130 Km/ 3 Hrs 45 Min)
DAY 3 Munnar Sightseeing
DAY 4 Munnar – Thekkady (92 Km/ 3 Hrs)
DAY 5 Thekkady – Alleppey (138 Km/ 3.5 Hrs)
DAY 6 Alleppey – Kovalam (159 Km/ 4 Hrs)
DAY 7 Kanyakumari Day Trip
DAY 8 Departure from Kovalam
2h 10m | Non Stop
2h 5m | Non Stop
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